01102022-JTR-01.qxd 9/30/2022 11:45 PM Page 1 c m y b Jalandhar TRIBUNE MODEL TOWN RESIDENTS HOLD CANDLE MARCH OVER DUMP SITE PAGE 2 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY MEMORABLE MELODIES: PUNJABI FOLK MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS STILL HOLD THE SWAY PAGE 3 MAX 33°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET SATURDAY 6:13 PM Veterans protest at DC office, demand apology from govt Tribune News Service Jalandhar, September 30 Members of the now-withdrawn scheme of Guardians of Governance (GoGs) on Friday organised a massive protest outside the office of the district administration demanding an apology from the government for insulting them by passing ‘unsatisfactory performance’ remark against their work. Nearly 400 GoGs from Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts participated in the protest. The ex-servicemen did not demand restoration of the scheme, but their only grouse was with the “parting comments”. Col Balbir Singh (retd), who has served as GoG tehsil head, Jalandhar-1, said: “We were performing our duties so dedicatedly. If the government was to terminate our services, it was free to do so. It could have been done with a ‘thank you’ remark also but pointing fingers at our performance and raking up the issue of our efficiency has not gone down well with us”. He added, “The AAP government hardly took our services. Ever since they came to power, our portal remained non-functional. Our reporting was not being taken. Officials were not calling meetings with us which had been a norm earlier. We were called Take exception to ‘unsatisfactory performance’ remark SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:21 AM 2 Nawanshahr villages to get swachh awards Tribune News Service Nawanshahr, September 30 Two Nawanshahr villages have bagged awards under ‘My Village, My Responsibility’ campaign and ‘ODF Plus Film Competition’. Divulging details, Deputy Commissioner Navjot Pal Singh Randhawa said the award would be given at the state-level Swachh Bharat Diwas to be observed in BHARTA KALAN TO GET ~1L FOR WASTE MGT, MAHAL KHURD ~10K OVER ODF Nearly 400 members of the now-scrapped Guardians of Governance scheme from Jalandhar and Kapurthala lodge their protest against the state government outside the DC office, Jalandhar. MALKIAT SINGH the ‘eyes and ears of the government’ by the Congress. We were trusted with our reports. Our GoGs oversaw all development works in villages. The new government has not been able to point out to any corruption in village development works which we were overseeing.” The ex-servicemen who participated in the protest said, “We were being paid Rs 11,000 as honorarium a month, out of which we were spending nearly Rs 6,000-7,000 a month on fuel to move around and check various ongoing projects in the cluster of villages which we were overseeing. SHOW RESPECT ❝ We were performing our duties so dedicatedly... the government could have terminated our services with a ‘thank you’ remark, but pointing fingers at our performance and raking up the issue of our efficiency has not gone down well with us. ❞ Col Balbir Singh (retd), EX-GOG Like the way, we had protected the country with all our might, we were also equally vigilant to check any corruption taking place in Punjab and reporting the same on a daily basis. Such remarks against us were uncalled-for.” Congress MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh also joined the GoGs during their protest and expressed his support to them. He appreciated their work in the last five years and thanked them all. Later, the GoGs led by district chief Maj Gen Balwinder Singh presented a memorandum to the government through Deputy Commissioner Jaspreet Singh seeking an apology for the remarks made against them. c m y b Hoshiarpur on October 2. He said Bharta Kalan village bagged Rs 1 lakh cash prize for presenting a successful model of waste management while Mahal Khurd village has qualified for ‘ODF Plus Film Competition’ by claiming prize money of Rs 10,000. He further said the district had earlier qualified for ‘Har Ghar Jal’ tag and its local body for Azadi@75 Swachhta Survekshan 2022. Both awards would be given in New Delhi on October 1 and 2, respectively. Congratulating the departments, village panchayats and local body concerned, the Deputy Commissioner said Nawanshahr was also adjudged the second best district of the north region during the third national water awards presented in March. MUGDHA CHAPHEKAR RECREATES ALIA BHATT’S WEDDING LOOK WITH ELEGANCE PAGE 4 SATURDAY | 1 OCTOBER 2022 | JALANDHAR
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